About YALI

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)  provides members with invaluable opportunities to connect with other leaders in their community and to learn from experts in their field. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, started in 2014, is the flagship YALI program that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. The Fellows have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries.

For the second year, Iowa JPEC welcomes 25 Mandela Washington Fellows from Sub-Saharan African countries to the University of Iowa to partake in the 2017 program.

View 2016 program info

2017 Program facts

Across the nation

  • 49 Sub-Saharan countries
  • 4 Tracks (Business & Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, Public Management, & a special Institute for Energy)
  • 38 Host Universities & Colleges
  • 1,000 Fellows selected
  • 64,000+ Program applicants

University of Iowa program

  • 25 Fellows
  • 18 Countries represented
  • 12 women, 13 men
  • Business & Entrepreneurship focus
  • Non-profit & for profit projects
  • Follows' interests include: Agriculture & Agribusiness, Business, IT, Education, Community Development, Women/Girls Issues, Children & Youth, Health & Medical Issues, Media, and more


Meet the fellows